Halley’s Comet meteor shower will be visible this week. The spectacular and breathtaking natural phenomenon where the comet’s fragments turn into tiny fireballs emerges in a form of annual meteor shower called Eta Aquarids.
Stop scratching your brain because The Slooh Community Observatory will give you a live free webcast of the meteor shower.
Aquarids is a famous annual meteor shower. Southern Hemisphere observers are fortunate to witness the display. But for north observers, it is difficult to observe, reports Fox News.
The shower turns out every May annually while another appears in October – the Orionids meteor shower.
Halley’s Comet is the most plausible periodic comet. It reaches the Earth’s vicinity in every 76 years of span after revolving around the sun. It was last seen in 1986.
As it gets close to the Earth, it shoots off tiny particles of dust which eventually enters into Earth’s atmosphere in the form of small fireballs. And it is visible with the human eyes.
The live broadcasting of the shower was scheduled to kick off at 1am Friday, 6th May.
Slooh Host, Paul Cox, seemed quite excited about the display.
“With no moonlight to spoil the view and dark skies protected by the Canary Islands “Light Law”, this should be one of the best Eta Aquariids showers we’ve seen.”
The visibility is clear for observers around Brownsville, Texas or the Florida Keys, that is 26 degrees north latitude.
The vision could be difficult for those in New York. But don’t lose hope, you might be able to observe an Earthgrazer – a kind of meteor. It skips along the top atmospheric layer of the earth like a skipping stone in a pond. They are very rare meteors observed annually.
Check out these two links below to catch the broadcast:
Here is the last video of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower: